Green denies scuffle claims

first_img Former England goalkeeper Green laughed off reports Caulker was injured in a fight at a west London pub during a QPR Christmas lunch, at which Crystal Palace players were also present. QPR senior management have denied Caulker was involved in an altercation, instead insisting the defender slipped and cut his head. “If you wanted an accurate headline on the story, it would be ‘man falls over’,” Green told BBC Radio Five Live. “I think that in response, the club have said pretty much what happened: he came out, slipped over and banged his head. “But this is the nature of the beast in football. I must have been in a different bar. “It was a Sunday lunch, after we’d had a tough week winning two games out of three, including a big win against Burnley. We didn’t have a game until a week on Monday. “We’ve got people far too old to be going out late at night, with me, Rio Ferdinand and Richard Dunne. “Steven was back out of hospital and we had a laugh about it, and unfortunately it’s made the front page of the paper.” Owner Tony Fernandes hailed QPR’s squad spirit to be able to shrug off the newspaper allegations, though Caulker did require hospital treatment for the cut to his head. Fernandes confirmed the squad were granted the Sunday afternoon gathering following a vital 2-0 home victory over Burnley that lifted Rangers out of the Premier League relegation zone. Robert Green has rejected claims QPR team-mate Steven Caulker suffered his cut head in a pub scuffle on Sunday. “I’m aware of some headlines appearing in tomorrow newspaper (sic). After a great win boys were given permission for a Sunday lunch,” Fernandes tweeted late on Monday evening. “Team is very united and really playing for each other. Steven Caulker slipped over and hurt his head and is fine. Nothing else to report. “Great team spirit. We are one. Best I’ve seen since being chairman. A few sensational headlines but team has done us proud.” QPR manager Harry Redknapp recently said there would be no Christmas party for his squad but QPR spokesman Ian Taylor confirmed the gathering on Sunday had been sanctioned. “Following Saturday’s Premier League win versus Burnley and with no further fixture for nine days the club can confirm players were allowed to have a Sunday lunch together,” Taylor wrote on Twitter. “Steven Caulker was not involved in an altercation. He did suffer a cut to his head, which he received treatment for at hospital before being discharged on the same evening. “The club will be making no further comment.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Governor extends business restrictions as restaurant industry targets rule breakers

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds has extended her public health emergency proclamation that requires social distancing measures for businesses and other establishments for another month.The extension comes as the President of the Iowa Restaurant Association is calling out establishments that aren’t in compliance. Jessica Dunker says 99% of the 6,300 bars and restaurants follow the protocols — and many go above and beyond them.“The problem that we are seeing is that the people who are doing it right are really being negatively impacted by the few places that we see that are not doing things right. That is having just a complete disregard for the things that are mandated in the current proclamation,” Dunker says.Dunker says there also needs to be more enforcement for those not following the temporary regulations. “Because right now you can certainly report to the Department of Inspections and Appeals — they will follow up, they will investigate, they will reach out and do education, but there is no next step that is put in place for them right now,” according to Dunker. “And so, we are simply saying as an industry if we are going to continue these mitigation steps that there should be some sort of ability for them to take a step for them to do enforcement.”She says Iowa can’t handle setbacks that have happened in other states. “We’re seeing in other states rollbacks of openings, rollbacks on capacities, rollbacks on the number of hours you can serve alcohol, requirements that you can only do outdoor dining. We simply as a state of Iowa in our hospitality industry — we can’t afford it. We will collapse,” Dunker says.Dunker says an outbreak of COVID-19 caused by a restaurant that is not following the rules could impact every establishment in the state. She says they are worried that there would be too much publicity for those who are breaking the rules and that would hurt the 99 percent who are doing it right. “And we are already facing losses in the neighborhood of $750 million  in the industry. Most locations have revenues of less than 50 percent of where they were,” Dunker says.Dunker says they are working with customers to ensure that everyone can follow the guidelines. “We’ve launched a program called the Iowa Hospitality Promise, that’s really a contract between restaurants and patrons,” Dunker explains. “And we’re saying we’ll do everything to keep you safe– and in exchange — we’d like you to do the same.”The proclamation had been set to expire Saturday, and will now expire August 23rd. The measure covers bars and restaurants, gyms, casinos, salons, theaters, along with doctor and dentist visits.last_img read more

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